La Ribera de Xuquer, the great river of the Valencian province, is most characteristic of the Ribera Alta region, bringing water from the Cuencanmountainsto fertilizethis great plain, situated to the south of the capital. Theeconomy of this predominantly agricultural regionis based primarily upon the orange harvest, a crop which has been cultivated since the 18th century. From its rich historical and artistic heritage, the most noteworthy of all of the region’s treasures are the towns of Algemesí, Carcaixent and Alzira. These, alongside a rich and varied gastronomy and an extensive festival calendar, make this region, which is still virtually untouched by tourists, a very attractive area in which to spend time. Within the region of Ribera Alta are the towns of the basin of the Magroriver, where the grapevinesprovide famous wines including the Moscatels and Malvazias from Turis and Monserrat .
How to arrive:
Three main highways cross the Ribera Alta: two from north to south and one from east to west. The most important road, best known as the Pista de Silla, takes us straight into the heart of the region and passes villages such as Alginet,l’Alcudia, Carlet, Cotes, and Beneixidabefore continuing south towards Albacete. Another road, which is just as important and runs parallel to the Pista de Silla is the N-340, which passes through Benifaió, Algemesí, Alzira, andCarcaixent, changing its name at this point and becoming the CV-41, before taking us onto the villages of PoblaLlarga, Manuel, and L’ Enova, where it completes its crossing of the region and heads further onwards towards Xativa. The third of the major roads is the CV-50, connecting the A3 highway and opening the door to the region through villages such as Turis, Montroy and Real de Montroi. It crosses the whole region and connects towns such as Carlet, l’Alcudia andAlzirabefore continuing on towards the Mediterranean. Various bus services and rail links from the main villages in the region allow travel between villagesand to the center of Valencia.
Gastronomy and events:
The gastronomy of the Ribera Alta, like the rest of Valencia, rich in rice dishes. Here the specialties include the well-known food of the fens such as dry rice dishes and stews cooked on an open fire or in the heat of clay ovens. Dishes such as all ipebre (potatoes and eels), espardenyà (potatoes, eels, rabbit and eggs), as well as the universally known Valencian paella, provide a diverse culinary offering which can be tasted in the many bars and restaurants of the region. The desserts consist of a rich and varied range of sweetbreads and cakes, the most noteworthy of which include arnadí de carabassa, pastissets de moniato, panquemados from Alberic or fogasses, made of sugar and flour, not to mention honey from Montroy, all to be taken with the excellent Moscatel and Malvazia wines from Monserrat and Turis. The Ribera Alta is an excellent festive region, with annual fiestas taking place in each and every one of the villages and towns, most notably the popular religious festivities and celebrationsheld in the summer months. Some of the most outstanding fiestas are the Fallas of Saint Joseph, where statues are erected and then burnt in many villages in the middle of March, les Danses de Guadassuar, held in the last week of August, the festivals of Mare de déu delLluch in the village of Alizraand Mare de Déud’Aigües Vives in the village of Carcaixent, or the festival of Mare de Déu de la Salutheld in the village of Algemesion the 7th and 8th September, and which has taken place for over 800 years. Here the music of the dolçainaitabalet, a type of flute, accompanies the traditional dances of la carxofa, elsarquets, les pastoretes and the popular la Muixeranga. These festivals have been officially declared of tourist interest and precede the Semana de Bous (Week of the Bulls), which takes place in the interesting bullring, which unusually, isrectangular-shaped.
Plaza del Reino S/N C.P: 46600 Alzira
LA RIBERA ALTA
Horario: De martes a sábado de 10:00 a 14:00 y de 16:00 a 19:00 horas. Domingos: de 11:00 a 14:00 horas
Calle Nou del Convent, 71 (Museu de la Festa)
LA RIBERA ALTA
martes y domingos, de 11:00 a 14:00 h. De miércoles a sábado, de 11:00h a 14:00 y de 17:30 a 19:30 h.